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K12Online Podcast Feed

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A podcast feed of all the K12Online presentations is now available! Put the above link into your favorite podcast aggregator, or use a “feed saavy” web browser like Firefox 2, Flock, Safari or IE7!

Not all presentations are in podcast format (a few are wmv files) but all are included in the feed as enclosures. Presentation formats to date include mp3 audio, mp4 (MPEG-4) video, wmv (windows media video), and Flash-based screencasts.

Since some feed aggregators (like iTunes) limit the number of downloadable episodes to the most recent 25, a second feed for week2 presentations will be posted next week. This podcast feed was created with Podchains (a free tool).

2006- Basic Advanced Training

Basic/Advanced Training “RSS- A Four Part Series(Basic/Advanced)”

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James Gates
Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA
Blog: http://tipline.blogspot.com/
Kurt Paccio
Blog: http://weblog.techruminations.org/

Presentation Title
“RSS- A Four Part Series(Basic/Advanced)”

James is an Instructional Technology Trainer for an Intermediate Unit in PA. Kurt Paccio, the co-presenter, is the Technology Director for a public school also in PA. The ‘Web 2.0’ evolution has been exciting for this pair of presenters and they have had the opportunity to teach many classes about it.

Using screencasts, Mr Paccio and Mr. Gates will present a four-part series designed to teach the new learner about RSS. The presentation will start with how to set up an account and subscribe in Bloglines. Part two will take the idea of subscribing and apply it to Netvibes and Pageflakes. Part Three will show how Del.icio.us works and introduce the idea of tags. It will also show how to subscribe to tags in del.icio.us in Bloglines and show how to obtain the public address for the feedroll there. Finally, in part four, they’ll tie it all together and show how the for: tag in del.icio.us can be used by students to help feed sites to the teacher’s account which in turn gets posted to the public address in Bloglines. Each section should be a stand alone module, but together they paint a picture of an automated way for students and teachers to share web resources.


2006- Basic Advanced Training

Basic/Advanced Training”Publish your podcast in less than five minutes using Taking It Global.”

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Robert Karulas
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Blog: http://evolvingmedia.blogspot.com/

Presentation Title
“Publish your podcast in less than five minutes using Taking It Global.”

Robert Karulas has been teaching for 9 years. He is a teacher at Oakridge Jr. Public School in Toronto, Canada. Since mid 2005, he has been blogging and podcasting. He is an educator who is passionate about learning, and about guiding the learning of his students. His focus is to assist students in the development of their information literacy and communication skills.

Upload your audio files directly to each blog post i.e. one-click publishing of podcasts. There is currently no limitation on the number of files you can upload! The only limitations are that each file uploaded to a blog post must be mp3 format and must be less than 4MB. A good rule of thumb with mp3 files is that each MB is approximately equivalent to one minute of audio. This is the easiest, free, web-based method of publishing podcasts. If I was just starting out, I would start here. For more information contact Luke Walker (Email: luke@takingitglobal.org)

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2006- Week In The Classroom

Week in the Classroom”Two-Way Teaching: An Overview of the Read/Write Web in Education”

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Mark Wagner
Irvine, CA, USA
Blog: http://www.edtechlife.com/

Presentation Title
“Two-Way Teaching: An Overview of the Read/Write Web in Education”

A former high school English teacher, Mark has since served as an educational technology coordinator at Estancia High School, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, and the Orange County Department of Education. He now serves as the president of the Educational Technology and Life Corporation, which provides professional development and consulting services to schools, districts, and other educational institutions. Mark has a masters degree in cross-cultural education. He is also working towards a PhD in Educational Technology at Walden University, and expects to complete his dissertation in early 2007.


Learn to use the two-way web to support two-way teaching! This fast-paced session offers an overview of the two-way (or read/write) web, and a discussion of two-way teaching philosophy. This is followed by a walk-through of specific two-way web tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, social bookmarking, RSS, and more. Participants will learn how they can integrate these technologies into their teaching. This will be followed by an overview of the related concerns. The session concludes with a call for participation. I hope you’ll teach me!


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Wiki for this presentation: http://twowayteaching.wikispaces.com

Blogs For Teachers: www.edublogs.org

Wikis For Teachers: www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers/

Podcasts: www.podomatic.com

Social Bookmarking: www.furl.net

RSS: www.bloglines.com

2006- Week In The Classroom

Week in the Classroom”Second Nature-Extending dialogue in the blogosphere”

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Lani Ritter Hall
Chardon, Ohio, USA
Blog: http://possibilitiesabound.blogspot.com/

Presentation Title
“Second Nature-Extending dialogue in the blogosphere”

Lani currently contracts as an instructional designer for online professional development for Ohio teachers with eTech Ohio. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who served in many capacities during her 35 years as a classroom and resource teacher in Ohio and Canada.

It’s second nature for us and our students to engage others in dialogue f2f. Commenting has great potential for extending learning and deepening understanding through meaningful dialogue in the blogosphere. Through an examination of powerful and significant comments, and exploration of suggestions for nurturing and guiding comments, meaningful online dialogue can become second nature to us and our students too.


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Questioning Comment with post

Relating comment with post

Sharing Feelings comment with post

Encouraging comment with post

Validating comment with post

Supportive comment with post

“For All Time” “” The Art of Commenting
Darren Kuropatwa with “The Artful Comment”

Lani Ritter Hall with “The Art and Aspirations of a Commenter”

“The Crossing” “” Comment Starters
Anne Davis with “Comment Starters”

Anne Davis with “More Comment Starters”

“Take Five” – Benefits
Teacher Cadet post “Welcome to..” and comment

Teacher Cadet post “The School is so small” and comment

Getting Heard post “Slavery Times/Today’s Times” and comment

The Write Weblog Project post “A Story Made of 6″ and comment

Student comments to Darren Kuropatwa’s “What if your blog was gone?”

Anne Davis with “Comments Make a Difference”

“Time Out” “” Inappropriate Comments
Anne Davis with “Inappropriate Comments Teachable Moments”

The Zachary Post with inappropriate comment and rich discussion

“In Your Own Sweet Way” “” Types of Comments
Anne Davis with Podcasts from 5th graders commenting to 2nd graders

Vaestro Comments from Darren Kuropatwa’s Pre Cal 40S Blog (Winter 06) in response to their podcapsule

Vaestro comments in the general discussion at Darren Kuropatwa’s “A Difference”

Vaestro homepage for voice comments

“Who Will Take Care of Me?” – A Safe Place to Blog

Additional Commenting Resources
Anne Davis Wiki page on significant comments

From the “The Blogging Ballet”, Act 4: A Pirouette: Commenting

From Vicki Davis, “How to comment like a king (or queen!)”


K12 Online Conference Updates

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That is the one word that describes the presentations so far! The keynotes and presenters these first two days of the K12Online conference have simply done an incredible job. On behalf of the conference conveners thank you so much for your hard work. It certainly shows in the quality of your presentations. If you have enjoyed yourself so far– the rest of the week’s presentations are just as good! You are in for a treat. If you want to refer back to any previously presented sessions we have made the agenda linkable. Simply click on the AGENDA tab on the conference blog.

Fireside Chats- Virtual Style

Join the conference organizers and the keynote speakers in free wheeling open-ended chats in Eluminate. These are open to anyone interested in participating. Ask the keynotes about their presentations or share your thoughts and ideas about the other presentations seen this week. This is an opportunity for all presenters and participants to get together and get to know one another.

Because we ran out of seats in Elluminate during David Warlick’s fireside chat, we have made provisions to make sure that doesnt happen again. There will be a space for everyone who wants to attend.

Do I Need Special Software?
Nope! All you need is a computer with a microphone and speakers, a head-set works best. Then on Oct. 26, 2006 at 7pm Eastern (what time is that where I am?), after you have watched almost all the Week One presentations and keynotes, simply CLICK ON THIS LINK and the Elluminate software will load and then drop you into the virtual meeting room.

Someone will be in the room an hour early to help you check your mic and give a quick overview of the very intuitive tools used in the Elluminate environment. If you have any questions ahead of time email Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach.
The Fireside Chat Schedule is below:

Fireside Chats via Elluminate

Each session will have an ARCHIVE of the chat which will be posted under the Live Events tab on the conference blog.

Take Away Wiki
Another tab you may not have noticed on the conference blog is the one labeled wiki. It has a link to our Take Away Wiki for conference participants. This is the collaborative space where YOU enter the conversation. This is YOUR wiki. Our hope is that conference participants will add resources, links to presentations, materials, and other items that relate to the strands of the conference. Help add to the value of this experience. None of us are as good as all of us!

When Night Falls
We’re in the midst of planing the final event for K12 Online 2006. It’s called When Night Falls. The idea is to have a 24 hour long worldwide skypecast – networking – and Tapped In chat experience. As night falls across the planet, educators across the globe will come online to connect and reflect about their experiences at K12 Online 2006. For this to work we’re going to need some help to keep things going for 24 hours straight. Everything you need to know is on the When Night Falls Wiki. We even have screencasts on skypecasting and other tips and tricks for moderators and participants. Check it out and get involved. You need to join Tapped In too. Once you are a member, instructions for joining the K12Online room are in the Welcome area of Tapped In. Help Desk staff will be on hand to answer your questions for the Nov. 4, 0:00 GMT (Nov. 3, 7:00pm Eastern) kick off.

So take some time and explore the Tabs at the top of the K12Online Conference Blog. There is much that awaits you! And while you are at it… click on the Frapper Map tab and add yourself to the community.
Darren, Sheryl, and Wes